Ideally, you should contact ITA as soon as you realize that you have an invention. ITA experts can work with you to identify commercial pathways for the invention and help you secure funding and collaboration opportunities, as appropriate. Otherwise, it is best to disclose your invention to ITA at least 8-12 weeks before publication so that appropriate actions can be taken to preserve both US. and foreign rights. If this timetable cannot be met, contact us to discuss possible options.